Wash glass jars or plastic containers and lids with hot soapy water. Rinse well then dry thoroughly. (I like to run mine through the dishwasher.)
Allow the fruit/sugar mixture to sit for 2 hours, giving it a good stir about every 30 minutes. Take a taste to make sure the sugar is dissolved. If it still has a bit of a grainy texture, stir for another minute or two until sugar is well-dissolved. When the sugar is well-dissolved the mixture will actually deepen in color and lose it's "cloudiness". That's when you're ready for the next step.
Mix pectin and lemon juice. Add to fruit/sugar mixture; stir for 3 minutes. (Don’t cheat. Set a timer!)
See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions and further tips.
Adapted from Kraft.
Makes 5 cups of jam.